Am I Liable if My Tenants (or Their Guests) Commit Drug Crimes on My Property?

Landlord Liability for Drug Crimes of Tenants and Guests

You may be facing criminal charges for drug-related crimes committed by renters and/or guests, and you may be surprised to learn that you can, in some circumstances, be held legally responsible for crimes committed on your property. You could be penalized if any of the following are true:

  • Your tenants or their guests are dealing drugs on your property and the drug-dealing causes a public nuisance and/or danger for neighbors and other nearby community members.
  • Your tenants and their guests are dealing drugs and you knowingly consent or allow it to continue.
  • You have failed to respond to your tenants’ complaints about drug-related activities on the premises, and someone is later injured in a related incident.
  • Drug-related crimes are allowed to occur on your property as a result of your failure to uphold reasonable security standards on the property.
  • You have known about the criminal activity occurring on your property and have not taken visible action to resolve the matter.

Even if you made an error in maintaining your property or dealing with illegal happenings on your property, you don’t have to be stuck with the legal punishment for your tenants’ misbehavior, nor that of their guests. If you are facing criminal charges, you must secure legal representation immediately.

Strong, Effective Legal Representation & Drug Crime Defense in Dallas

If the drug charges you are facing are unfair or unjust, we can help. Our team at Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP has defended many people in your shoes, and we are prepared to provide you with the aggressive, knowledgeable legal representation you need to make sure your voice is heard and that you are not forced to pay the consequences of someone else’s poor choices. Don’t let it happen to you—let us help.

Call (214) 301-5007 today to speak to a Dallas criminal defense attorney today. You can also request your free consultation and expect a speedy response from a member of our team.


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